FORMER METRO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY USING A STUDENT AND TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
OKLAHOMA CITY — Today, GREG ALLEN HENKE, 41, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child and to possession of child pornography, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.
On May 13, 2021, FBI agents arrested Henke in Oklahoma City after he met with an undercover agent to attempt to engage in sexual activities with children. He has been in federal custody since his arrest. Prior to his arrest, Henke was employed at Highland Park Elementary School in the Mid-Del school district.
On June 1, 2021, a federal grand jury returned an Indictment against Henke, charging him with attempted receipt of child pornography and attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. That Indictment alleged that on or about May 10, 2021, Henke knowingly attempted to receive child pornography using a means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce. The Indictment further alleged that, between April 1, 2021 and about May 13, 2021, Henke used a cell phone and the internet to attempt to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity.
On September 7, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a Superseding Indictment against Henke. The Superseding Indictment added to the original Indictment one charge of possession of material containing child pornography and two charges of production of child pornography. Specifically, the Superseding Indictment alleges that between 2019 and 2021, Henke used two minor students at Highland Park Elementary School to engage in sexually explicit conduct. The Superseding Indictment alleged that Henke used his cell phone to capture the sexually explicit conduct.
At a plea hearing today, Henke pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography using a student, while he was a paraprofessional at Highland Park Elementary School. Henke also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on several electronic devices. As part of a plea agreement, the United States agreed to dismiss at sentencing the remaining charges.
At sentencing, which is anticipated to take place in about 90 days, Henke faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in federal prison, in addition to a term of supervised release for not less than five years and up to life. The plea of guilty to producing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in federal prison.
This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Oklahoma City Field Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bow Bottomly is prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the DOJ Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
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